10 indie furniture designs debuting at NYCxDESIGN 2018 - Photo by GENTNER.

10 indie furniture designs debuting at NYCxDESIGN 2018 – Photo by GENTNER.

NYCxDESIGN 2018 – ICFF, Wanted Design in Manhattan and Brooklyn, but also Sight Unseen Offsite set of exhibitions and many other events and installations across the city. Archipanic rounded up 10 indie furniture designs debuting at NYCxDESIGN 2018 which is on show until 23 May.

Jumbo’s “baby-cute” chair

Jumbo: Neotenic-Lounge chair.

Neotenic lounge chair – Courtesy of Jumbo.

Jumbo design studio created a tubular chair aiming to instinctively make us coo over it. The design incorporates simple shapes, short thick members, soft edges, and a clumsy appearance – traits typical of babies, puppies and cubs. According to Nobel laureate Konrad Lorenz’ theories, this features elicit sympathy in the viewer and appeal to the biological imperative to nurture and protect.

Shaping GENTNER’s creative process

10 indie furniture designs debuting at NYCxDESIGN 2018 - Photo by GENTNER.

Photo by GENTNER.

Chicago-based design studio Gentner presents the Fraction collection featuring furniture, lighting, and objects resulting from a yearlong look into the creative process of Christopher Gentner. “[Fraction is] a look at how ideas come to me and how they are broken down and made real.” On show a set of quirky seats juxtaposing different materials and geometrical shapes.

Precarious (un)balance by Moving Mountains

Balance-Unbalance. Colony @ NYCxDesign 2018 - Photo: courtesy of Colony designer co-op.

Photo: courtesy of Colony designer co-op.

Moving MountainsAssemblage table is a delicate and unstable-looking composition of geometries ready aiming to gain trust in the living room. Would you leave your glass of wine on it? The design debuted a Colony designers’ co-op within the Balance/Unbalance exhibition exploring the nuanced concept of balance and its lesser revered counterpart. Read more…

Karlin and Mastrangelo cast furniture inspired by chess pieces

Chess-inspired furniture - Anna Karlin and Fernando Mastrangelo's capsule collection - Photo by Cary Whittier.

Photo by Cary Whittier.

Anna Karlin and Fernando Mastrangelo joined forces to create the CHUNK capsule collection of tables and seats which brings together the distinct aesthetic and formal signatures of each designer. Anna Karlin’s Chess Piece side tables inspired the designs while Mastrangelo’s casting technique and material palette created unique patterns. Read more…

Modular interlocking designs by Oōd Studio debuts

10 indie furniture designs debuting at NYCxDESIGN 2018 - Photo by OōdStudio.

Photo by OōdStudio.

Founded by Jessica Herrera, Oōd Studio is a Brooklyn-based furniture and design studio. Its first collection, debuting at Sight Unseen OFFSITE, is a playful exhibition of contemporary furniture that challenges the ordinary through a series of interlocking forms. “The curious shapes allow for modularity as well as for the creation of a more intimate experience”.

Soviet architectural design from Georgia

10 indie furniture designs debuting at NYCxDESIGN 2018 - Rooms - Photo by Hannah Whitaker.

Rooms – Photo by Hannah Whitaker.

Rooms is an Interior and Product Design studio founded by Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia in Tiblisi, Georgia. In New York, the designers presents a quite architectural terracotta collection of tables and objects at Eggs Collective’s exhibition Designing Women II [Read more]. “The influence of soviet childhood and having to live through different eras and tremendous change in a country that is a mix of Asian and European cultures has as a great impact on our ideas and products”.

Gradient-hued cocktail tables by Müsing-Sellés

Set No.5 by Müsing-Sellés at Sight Unseen OFFSITE 2018 - Photo by Müsing-Sellés.

Photo by Müsing-Sellés.

Álvaro Gómez-Sellés and Marisa Müsing – co-founders of  New York-based studio Müsing-Sellés presents Set No. 5, three soft-shaped plywood tables finished with a gradient car paint gloss. “The series perform social and domestic activities based around entertainment, including a place to leave your coat, to serve yourself a drink and to gather around.”

‘Hands-full’ Ultraviolet furniture by Crosby Studios

Crosby Studios’ ultraviolet and hands-full capsule collection for Opening Ceremony - Photo by Crosby Studios

Photo by Crosby Studios.

Many hands wave in Crosby Studios‘ surreal and Ultraviolet furnitures for fashion brand Opening Ceremony. Inspired by the Radical Design movement, the capsule collection features a chair inviting to seat on an open palm and spider lamps with hand-shaped lampshades. The designs. Read more…

Bone table and chairs by Loïc Bard for Radnor

10 indie furniture designs debuting at NYCxDESIGN 2018 - Photo by Matthew Williams.

Photo by Matthew Williams.

Montreal based designer Loïc Bard created a blackened maple table completed with four matching chairs for online design retailer Radnor. The Bone collection was on show in the dining area of the two-bedroom condo the company set up as a showroom in the soon-to-be-completed residential tower by David Chipperfield Architects which overlooks Bryant Park.

“Slow Design” vessels by bravo

10 indie furniture designs debuting at NYCxDESIGN 2018 - Photo by bravo.

Photo by bravo.

The Monolith Series by Chilean studio bravo was conceived translating Slow Food values to design. The sculptural vessels highlight “production methods, technologies, and materials taken from Chilean geography,” explains Rodrigo Bravo. Composed of more than 80 different pieces, the collection was developed under the logic of the ‘single stone-made design’ (mono=single + lith=stone, in ancient Greek).